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Andre Dickens is still acquainting himself with his job as mayor of Atlanta. But his mission is clear: Fight crime, produce affordable housing—which, experts say, would help prevent crime—and create good-paying jobs (another noted crime deterrent). Simply put, he must make Atlanta safer and more equitable.
In what would be his final sit-down, career-spanning interview with Atlanta magazine, Massell discussed his many accomplishments, including his battles with his more conservative mayoral predecessor Ivan Allen, the anti-Semitism he faced, getting the city’s transformational MARTA mass transit train and bus system started in the 1970s, Georgia 400’s life-changing expansion into Buckhead in the 1990s, and what he hopes his legacy will be in Atlanta.
In Play It Again, Sam: Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor, a new biography by Charles McNair about former mayor Sam Massell, we learn life lessons from City Hall’s first and only Jewish leader.
Atlanta mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood answer our questions about affordability, homelessness, transit, education, and more.
With just eight weeks until Atlantans head to the polls on November 7 to vote for their next mayor, a race that has for months been amorphous and without form finally looks to have come into focus—giving us a good idea of who could face off in the inevitable December 5 runoff.
Well, it's been a week since our two-hour-long Atlanta History Center panel with four of the five living Atlanta mayors. We were pretty proud to have arranged the ensuing conversation, as led by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Doug Blackmon, given the event's one-of-a-kind nature. As you might imagine, the event sparked its own round of conversations over the following days.